Disney XD’s eagerly awaited revival of DuckTales will premiere Aug. 12 with a one-hour movie before the series begins its regular run in September. The cable channel revealed the date this morning in the most adorable way possible: with a livestream of baby ducklings.
The official, and far-less-fluffy, announcement announcement was accompanied by new key art and the debut of the show’s opening sequence.
Now that you’ve watched that, we can unpack the details: The one-hour TV movie will premiere Saturday, Aug. 12, at midnight ET/PT on Disney XD, and then air for 24 consecutive hours, giving fans plenty of time to immerse themselves in this new DuckTales. That marathon will be followed Saturday, Sept. 23 — the 30th anniversary of the original series — with two new episodes, airing at 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
At a time when many television shows have only a brief opening sequence, if they have one at all, DuckTales is a throwback, with a nearly minute-long introduction that not only revives the classic theme song but also showcases many of the beloved characters — friends and foes alike.
DuckTales stars David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck, Danny Pudi as Huey, Ben Schwartz as Dewey, Bobby Moynihan as Louie, Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack, Beck Bennett as Launchpad McQuack, Toks Olagundoye as Mrs. Beakley and Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck. They’re joined by such guest stars as Lin-Manuel Miranda as Gizmoduck aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, Allison Janney as Goldie O’Gilt, Margo Martindaleas as Ma Beagle, Paul F. Tompkins as Gladstone Gander, Kimiko Glenn as well-traveled teen Lena, Jim Rash as mad scientist Gyro Gearloose, Josh Brener as tech billionaire Mark Beaks, Keith Ferguson as Scrooge’s archenemy Flintheart Glomgold, Eric Bauza as the Beagle Boys and Corey Burton as Ludwig Von Drake.